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A Physician from the U.S. Invited for Training

We accepted a physician who engages in medical examinations of A-bomb survivors in Southern California, the U.S., and provided a one-week training course.

Name and Title of Trainee:

Fred Yutaka Sakurai, President
Japanese Community Health, Inc. (JCHI)

Period of Training:

November 18 to November 23, 2007

Training Organizations (in order of visits):

Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital
Hiroshima A-bomb Casualty Council
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other institutions

Training Course:

Briefings at radiation-related institutions

At the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital

Dr. Sakurai (right) and Dr. Arita, Director of the Department of Respiratory Disease (left)

At the Hiroshima A-bomb Casualty Council

Dr. Sakurai (left) and Dr. Sasaki, Director of the Health Management and Promotion Center


Although I had only a short stay, I was grateful that my training schedule was arranged so that I could effectively visit HICARE-related organizations.

I was able to understand the situation in which research institutes, medical facilities and educational institutions, which are all involved in the issue of radiation exposure, cooperate with each other and organically work. Their accumulated data are very useful.

At the beginning of the training, I visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which shocked me deeply. Every scientist should visit there to learn never to repeat such a tragic history. I realized that the essence of the program provided by HICARE lay right there.

After returning home, I would like to talk about the training of HICARE to local physicians who have the chance to examine A-bomb survivors in Los Angeles, and urge them to acquire basic knowledge of radiation exposure by participating in the training, if at all possible.

I also intend to use the knowledge and skills that I acquired through the training when I examine A-bomb survivors who visit my clinic.

Moreover, I will take account of radiation exposure levels more than ever when X-ray examinations or CT scans are used in the treatment of general patients.